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The Old Waynesborough Commission will be holding a grand opening of its display of the Hamilton Collection of Authentic Civil War Artifacts on Sunday, September 24 from 3:00-4:30 in the Visitors’ Center at Old Waynesborough Park.  The Hamilton Collection, owned by R.L. Hamilton, includes many authentic rifles, handguns, swords, sabers and much more used by both Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War.  Handguns on display include many early models from manufacturers such as Colt, Smith & Wesson, Savage, and more.  Rifles include numerous muskets made by both Union and Confederate companies and rare and unusual carbines from many manufacturers.  The collection includes cannon balls, artillery shells, small arms ordnance, knives, personal items from the period and many belt buckles worn by soldiers involved in the many Civil War battles.  Among these buckles is one from Arkansas considered to be the rarest of all Civil War buckles.  The public is invited and admission is free.  For more information, call Old Waynesborough at (919) 731-1653.

Reward for Missing 1862 Rifle

The Old Waynesborough Commission has on display a large collection of Civil War artifacts which is on a long term loan from the R.L. Hamilton family.  Sometime between July, 2016 and March, 2017, while the collection was on temporary display at the Wayne County Museum, a person or persons removed a Civil War era Fayetteville Armory Type II rifle from a display case in the museum.  The Old Waynesborough Commission is offering a reward of $1000.00 for information leading to the return of this very rare artifact.  Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of this rifle is asked to contact Old Waynesborough via phone or text at (919) 731-1653, via mail at PO Box 839, Goldsboro, NC  27533, or via email at waynesborough@yahoo.com.   All information will be held in strictest confidence.


Welcome to Old Waynesborough Park

Our park is located on the site of the former town of Waynesborough, the original seat of Wayne County from 1787 until 1847. The park consists of a village featuring nine historic buildings brought from across the county. These buildings, including a school, lawyer’s office, and Quaker meeting house, date from the 1860’s to the 1920’s. In addition to the village we have over 150 acres along the Neuse and Little Rivers with over four miles of walking trails through open spaces, forest, and cypress swamp. Our facilities are available for weddings, reunions, camping, and other special events.

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